8 th Grade American History Pt. 2
The turn of the century brings changes rapidly. The need for workers in the new factories is satisfied by the influx of Immigrants from Europe, Asia and the southern migration following the Civil War. The culture becomes a melting pot of traditions that continue to influence us today.
The influx of "new" immigrants changes the face of the cities, the Industrial Revolution changes the shift in population from the farm to the city bring a host of other issues to consider. The work of Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and Upton Sinclair expose just some of the conditions impacting these new immigrants and their living conditions along with the corruption in the city and business.
As the United States became more powerful, improving living conditions, expanding it's influence overseas by acquiring lands in the Pacific and Caribbean the world becomes smaller.
Communication and transportation networks usher in a more Global outlook. The events in Europe draw the United States into a new conflict through alliances and cultural affiliations.
The War to end all Wars turns out to be just the beginning of our new reality. The technology that the war brings also ushers in a cultural and or social revolution. Th Jazz Age or the Roaring 20's as it is called is welcomed in the cities but rural America is reluctant to embrace these changes.